THOUSANDS of people flocked to the annual Mold Food and Drink Festival over the weekend.
Food enthusiasts enjoyed a host of delights and cooking demonstrations throughout Saturday and Sunday as the town basked in the September sunshine.
More than 13,000 people visited the festival, which is now in its eighth year, across the weekend.
On Sunday, the demonstration tent was packed out as celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager gave three masterclasses with audience members invited to cook with her on stage.
On Saturday, Welsh national culinary team chef Graham Tinsley wowed the crowds with a range of speciality dishes and also chose 18-year-old Arron Tye as Flintshire Chef of the Year 2013.
Arron, who works at the Shared Olive restaurant in Hawarden, declared himself “delighted” to have won.
Festival spokeswoman Carolyn Poole said: “Once again it has been an unbelievably successful weekend.
“The weather’s been fantastic and the crowds have come here in their droves.
“Importantly everyone seems to be having a really great time. We feel this year’s festival has had a truly great mix of food, drink and entertainment. We could not have asked for more.”
Sixteen live bands entertained the crowds throughout the festival with Urban Cut and The Rebel and the Chief headlining across the weekend.
Dozens of food and drink producers exhibited during the event which included an indoor farmers’ market.
Marie Jones, of Jones of Llangollen Butchers, said: “We’ve done a good trade all weekend. It’s a great event to be able to showcase our store and our products. We also get a lot of our regular customers coming to see us which is excellent.”
Coleg Cambria ran an interactive cookery zone throughout the festival, with proceeds going to hospices in the area, where Heston Blumenthal-style science cocktails proved especially popular.
Angharad Jarvis, food and beverage lecturer at the college, said: “The children who have taken part have loved it.
“They’ve been making cupcakes, fudge and pizzas to name but a few.”